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ROBERT BLAKE v. STATE OF MARYLAND

Criminal procedure — Jury selection — Batson challenge

Appellant Robert Blake was convicted by a jury in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City of four counts of reckless endangerment, one count of illegally discharging a firearm within Baltimore City, and one count of illegally possessing body armor.

Appellant presents the following questions for our review, which we have reordered: “1. Did the circuit court err by not asking certain voir dire questions posed by the defense? 2. Did the circuit court err in denying a Batson [v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986)] challenge raised by the defense? 3. Did the circuit court err in permitting improper closing argument by the prosecutor that shifted the burden to the defense?”

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